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Nearly Living Logo

We were recently asked by one of our clients to install various graphics to their new offices in Sheffield. As part of the brief we were sent a photo with the question,

“Can you do something like this?”

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Always ready for a challenge we said yes!

 

With a bit of head scratching and trial and error we managed to create the desired effect, we even managed to match the corporate colours for the logo!

 

 

If you have an idea which is a bit different, seen something on the internet which is cool or just want something that stands out, give us a call we are always ready for a challenge!!

The Group Auto & UAN Show 2018

It’s Group Auto & UAN trade show time of year again!

You can see last year’s show report HERE, and see a selection of pictures from this year’s show below. As ever, the exhibition is a heady mix of joinery, print, assembly, graphics application and painting and decorating. AD Bell, in conjunction with select local partners are responsible for the planning and execution from start to finish. Does your current signage supplier have those kind of skills in hand?

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160th Great Yorkshire Show – Hall 1 Window & Foyer Graphics

It’s Great Yorkshire Show season here at AD Bell, and every year we produce lots of signage and graphic work for the hosts AND exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Among others this year we’ve done some fab looking graphics for Mason’s Gin. Here you can see the prominent window graphics over the Hall 1 entrance, and also two of the large illuminated sliders inside the foyer.

As ever, strong branding and design go together with top quality print and installation to produce a striking and attractive outcome.

If you like what you see, why not head on over to our Conference & Exhibition Graphics page?

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Robinson’s Electrical – Ford Ranger Graphics

As you can see, the Ford Ranger 3.2 is a pretty imposing vehicle from the get-go! When you’ve got something that looks as impressive as this, simple, tasteful graphics can offer a real contrast and look excellent. Less really can be more!

The brief from Robinson’s Lighting and Electrical was simple – name and logo either side. The trick part here is the use of MATT black vinyl to contrast against the gloss black paint of the vehicle. it’s one of those things that you can’t really understand until you see it, as you can here! With the high gloss of the paint acting like a mirror, the matt decals don’t reflect anything at all, so are readable regardless of the lighting conditions – even a sunny day like today! The bright green is the finishing touch – perfect!

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If you enjoyed that, make sure to check out our Vehicle LiveryVehicle Wraps and Reflective Wrap pages!

Heathfield Caravan Park – Transit Custom

We were recently approached by Pateley Bridge based business, Heathfield Caravan Park, to design and install graphics to their new Ford Transit Custom.

The graphics were to feature their logotype in gold metallic vinyl, and then a selection of photos in large circles with “gold” style coloured borders. It’s a relatively simple design but works well due to the dark colour of the vehicle and the high contrast gold and white text.

Even though it’s not strictly speaking a “wrap”, the circles were applied over creases in the panels, so a high quality digital wrapping vinyl was used to avoid any adhesion problems in the future. As you can see, the results speak for themselves – a real “stand out” design!

If you enjoyed that, make sure to check out our Vehicle Livery, Vehicle Wraps and Reflective Wrap pages!

Ripon Farm Services – 100 Years of John Deere – 6250R Wrap

After our successful tractor wraps for HACS Construction and M. Metcalfe & Sons, we were approached by long time clients of ours, Ripon Farm Services, to wrap a John Deere 6250R to commemorate the 100 years of John Deere celebrations at Newby Hall Tractor Fest in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

3M 1080 Gloss Green EnvyAs you’ll probably know if you’re reading this, John Deere tractors are green, and RFS wanted a green wrap, but with a twist. After a few tests we chose 3M 1080 Series “Gloss Green Envy” wrapping vinyl, which is a metallic, high gloss green. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to capture the metallic effect with a camera, but if you ever see the tractor out and about, you’ll see just how stunning it really is.

First up as usual is the disassembling of the tractor panels that are to be wrapped. This is a large and usually unseen part of any vehicle wrap. It’s common to see footage of wrappers applying the vinyl, but you never see the careful hours that it takes to remove panels, lights and trim before the wrapping can begin.

Once the wrap was done, we also made some custom gold and black decals to replace the standard yellow and black John Deere stripes and “6250R” text, as well as a “100 years of John Deere” decal, in gold vinyl with a sparkly laminate to match the metallic effect of the green 3M vinyl. It’s subtle, but when the light catches it, it looks amazing.

If you enjoyed that, make sure to check out our Vehicle Livery, Vehicle Wraps and Reflective Wrap pages!

The Group Auto & UAN Trade Show

Many sign companies can make signs, but it’s when projects get big that the men are separated from the boys. Group Auto are an international motor factors and one of our biggest clients, and each year they hold a trade show in Manchester. Needless to say, AD Bell step up from the more typical vehicle graphics and site signage jobs to create and build the massive exhibition stand for the event.

The Group Auto & UAN Trade Show is a ‘must attend’ event for all motor factor businesses within their group. Over 150 suppliers exhibit under one roof, and showcase exclusive on-the-day offers and the very latest products and technology. It is a great opportunity for the members to meet face to face with key people within the businesses and enjoy a perfect mix of work and leisure.

The exhibition stand is a heady mix of joinery, print, assembly, graphics application and painting and decorating. AD Bell, in conjunction with select local partners are responsible for the planning and execution from start to finish. Does your current signage supplier have those kind of skills in hand? And hey – look what turned up too! Apparently, it was VERY loud… Excellent!

Aaaaaand the Swamp Thing in action… 🙂

Here’s a fantastic selection of photos from the initial build right through to completion. As you can see, this is a very in-depth operation that takes a sign and graphics company with a lot of experience and capability. Definitely NOT for the faint hearted.

Young’s Seafood – Inspiration Centre Corridor Graphics

In early 2016, Ad Bell were contracted via Absolute Commercial Interiors to produce and fit graphics and signage for Young’s Seafood international headquarters in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The first, and most unusual part of this job was the 12 metre corridor that needed full wall graphics of a sea scene. It looked especially good as the ceiling was curved into the wall to produce a more seamless top-to-bottom image, with the lighting being recessed into the ceiling plaster.

Here the first drop of printed material is applied to the wall. This is trimmed at the top and bottom to be flush with the lighting and the skirting board.
The same photo but from a little further away. This shows the scale of the project at hand, and the tools required to do the job properly!
The graphics were cut to go into and around the door frames in a seamless manner as you can see here. The doors were done separately as you will see in a moment.
Closeup of the graphic going around the door frame. We use exceptionally hi-tack vinyl with a tough matt laminate, ideally suited to this type of application.
Almost up to the third door in this shot. As you can see, it’s almost impossible to see the joins in the graphics, such is the skill of Ad Bell’s graphic fitting team!
The first door with graphics to face AND frame. As you can see, this looks exceptionally good, especially on a project of this size and scope.
More doors done, and Sam doing his best “Reservoir Dogs” walk…
Now the graphic scene is continued past the lighting strip, right up to the top of the wall opposite. Tricky overhead work. Great photo by Jasper as well 🙂
These doors had small windows which made fitting the graphics that bit harder. Here’s one totally done – frame, face and all recesses. Perfect.
The finished corridor. Looks amazing, doesn’t it?
… and the same photo with all the tools Photoshopped out 🙂

External Signage for Bodyteam Harrogate

Now and again a signage job comes along that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, and the recent work we’ve done for Gymophobics / Bodyteam in Harrogate is certainly no exception.

Previously an unused small building at the back of the Gymophobics premises, it was renovated inside and set up ready to be used by Bodyteam, a complimentary health and beauty company. Inside was all set up with fixtures and fittings and had in fact already started taking on clients, but the exterior was still needing work.

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The Bodyteam unit before any exterior signage was applied – it’s behind the black garage doors!

The unit is essentially a large double garage with wooden garage doors that had already been blocked up from the inside. The door was functional, but was due to be replaced with a new, more attractive unit.

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The site before Ad Bell’s work began

So what to do with the wooden garage doors? To keep costs down, bricking them up was discarded as an option, and instead a clever disguise was required. The lower part of the doors was to have a printed panel added, to give the impression of brickwork, and this part was fitted first…

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The brick pattern board in place, and the wooden frame for the next part ready… Just checking for level!

So, as you can see, only the lower part of the doors was given the brick effect. The top part was to feature something completely different entirely… A wooden frame was added to the black doors to give us something to build onto.

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The printed aluminium composite graphic panel being fixed to the wooden frame.

So the big reveal! What could we possibly print and apply to the frontage of the building? Well, a photo of the inside of course! Ad Bell visited the site and took a series of interior shots design to replicate the view that you would see through a window. After much deliberation, a winner was picked as you can see.

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The finished job, with white “window” trim, sign panel and door graphics all installed.

Once installed, a UPVC style trim was added to the panel to further reinforce the impression of a window unit. A slim fascia panel above the window, and complimentary frosted door graphics finish the job off nicely.

HACS Plant Hire – Tractor Wrap – Harrogate

When you want to change the base colour of a car, van or in this case tractor, you have two options. You can respray the vehicle, or you can wrap it. Here we look at a green John Deere tractor bought by HACS Plant Hire, who wanted the colour changing from green to orange as per their company colours. Wrapping such a complex series of panels, louvres and shapes is difficult as you can imagine, but using the best signmaking materials (in this case Avery Supreme Wrapping Film) and skilled staff, excellent results can be achieved. Don’t forget to check out our vehicle wrapping page!

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here they are!

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Work starts on the entire front section of the tractor. Here the deep side louvres have the inside faces wrapped.
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The side louvres being wrapped, from another angle. Careful cutting is required to get the orange right up to the edge.
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Careful trimming of the deep side louvres. As you know, sticking your tongue out ensures a better finish…
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Applying small re-cut pieces of orange wrapping vinyl to the inside faces of the louvres. You can’t see it in the photo, but he is definitely sticking his tongue out.
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Using a squeegee to get right into the corners. Wrapping vinyl is all about pressure and heat, with pressure being used to give the first stage of proper adhesion, and heat being the second.
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Closeup of the deep side louvres with orange wrap to the inside faces, all trimmed perfectly flush. When the large face of the panel is wrapped it will make a seamless orange covering.

 

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A rear wheel arch/mudguard section ready to be wrapped. The orange film is measured up and cut roughly to size, held above in position, and then laid in place.
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The orange wrapping film being loosely draped over the mudguard. Wrapping vinyl does not have a high initial tack, so the vinyl can easily be re positioned at this point.
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A quick positional adjustment before being dropped fully into position. Again, low tack wrapping film makes adjustment possible.
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Another slightly smaller section of bodywork showing the wrapping vinyl once it has been dropped into position. Looks frightening, but that’s the magic of quality wrapping film! 🙂
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Using heat and pressure, the creases and ripples are steadily removed, firstly smoothing the vinyl out over the large flat areas… Note the special frictionless glove used for vinyl application.
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…. with the recesses and details being done afterwards. Any holes are also trimmed out to allow the edges of the holes to be wrapped right around the back of the panel..
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Edges are heated and wrapped round the back of the panel for a perfect “paint like” finish all round. Skilled use of the heatgun is important to get just the right amount of heat where it’s required.
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The front section around the grill was very complicated and took a great deal of time and precision to get spot on.
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Top, face and underside are all done separately, with the top and bottom pieces being wrapped right round the back for a perfect finish with no green paint showing.
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More edge work on a large separate panel. The heat is used to give high adhesion so that the wrapping film stays put over time.
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The large flat sides of the tractor being smoothed into position using a squeegee. This large area will mate up with the pre-wrapped louvres when the recesses are trimmed out.
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Careful finger technique used to apply the large section of wrapping film around the side louvres

Once everything is wrapped, further application of heat is required to provide the final stage of adhesion for the wrapping film. It has low initial tack to allow it to be re positioned (and to work around complex shapes) but this means that the final heating stage is very important, as without it the vinyl does not stick properly.

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The finished tractor showing the orange wrap along with additional HACS and John Deere decals over the top.
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The finished tractor front section, with HACS logo and chevrons, as well as matching John Deere decals, custom designed and applied over the top of the wrap.